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School nutrition trending: CDC expands child BMI charts in response to kid obesity crisis

In this month’s recap of the most popular K-12 stories at Food Management, the top story was 5 things: School meal participation dropping, survey finds. The percentage of public schools participating in school meals programs fell from 94% in March 2022 to 88% in October while the share of public schools reporting more than half of their students getting school meals dropped even further, from 84% to 69% over the same period, according to the latest School Pulse Panel survey results from the U.S. 

Among other top stories:

  • Top 10 K-12 food trends for 2023 from Chartwells K12
  • Top 10 K-12 school food service stories of 2022
  • 5 things: CDC expands child BMI charts in response to kid obesity crisis
  • 5 things: Federal study finds most schools struggling to secure free meal applications
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